Apostilles for a Bulgarian Adoption

Tennessee Secretary of State


How To Apostille a Document for Adoption in Tennessee?


The green documents are “green” because I want to help you group them together in the sense that they will all be going together to get an “Apostille” from the Secretary of State in TN.

In order to get an Apostille a document in TN, you need the 3 following steps. 

1.  Get document notarized by a notary

2.  Notary’s signature gets certified at the County Clerk’s Office where the notary is qualified

3.  Send to TN Secretary of State for Apostille at:  

Office of Authentications Tennessee Secretary of State
Business Services Division
ATTN: ATS Section
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave – 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

TN Charges $2 per Apostille.  

Please make sure that check is made out to “Tennessee Secretary of State” for the fees owed for the apostilles. 

Please include a pre-paid self addressed envelope for TN to return the apostilled docs to you.  (Please have a tracking number) 

615-741-0536  – please call to verify that nothing has changed since these instructions were written.  Please ask them if there are any changes due to COVID19? (Double check fees, location, and ask if they have a preferred mail courier) 

Click below to get the form you’ll need as a “cover letter” to request an Apostille from TN.  

Additional Notes:


Now, keep in mind, just because all the “green” documents will go together, that does not mean that they are all prepared in the same way.  

On the contrary there are quite a few differences in the steps you have to take with each in order to get them eligible for an apostille.  

One quick example is the Medical form.  It is signed by your doctor, and a notary notarizes his/her signature.  So you don’t have to do much but send it.  

However, the passport copies is something you make copies of and implement the affidavit/oath legalization before sending it – so you have more work there.  

Different forms will need different things done to them.  So please make sure to take the time and read the individual steps within each different document.  For some that are more challenging to prepare, there are videos of me explaining things.  Hope that helps.   At the end of the day, remember, I am here to help, so if somethings isn’t clear – pick up the phone and call me! 704 527 7673. Or text, or skype me, or email me. Lets do this thing!

(Below is an FAQ directly from TN Secy of State, if you’d like to check it out – but you don’t have to, and we always link to our Bulgaria page – as it is always changing with its new blogs and adoption stories)